Have you often felt down, sad or lonely and told yourself something along the lines of "Chin up. You're fine. Stop it"? There's still a stigma around mental health and getting treatment, and Prince William wants to help break this with a new documentary he's helped put together.
Football, Prince William, and Our Mental Health airs May 28 on BBC One. It sees the Duke of Cambridge team up with soccer players, managers and fans to talk about mental fitness and emotional wellbeing. The trailer for the film has just been released.
"You can't be ashamed of your mental health," William says in the 43-second clip. "You've got to be able to look it in the eye and go, 'I'm gonna deal with it. Here we go.'"
The timing couldn't be more important considering the coronavirus pandemic. William and Duchess Kate have always championed mental health and been outspoken about its importance, and continue to do so as we all fight COVID-19.
"It's about being confident enough to say, 'Things aren't going great,'" the future King continues in the clip. "It's okay not to be okay."
Last year, William launched Heads Up, an initiative which aims to reach out to soccer fans and use the sport to encourage them to speak about their mental health. He's continued to be active around mental health-related causes during the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge helped launch Our Frontline, which will provide 24-hour support to health care workers, emergency service providers, those who work as carers and others during this time, giving them fast and easy access to mental health services.
William appeared on Our Frontline's Twitter account just this week, revealing about how he knows exactly how it feels to "put a brave face on" while going to work. The Duke of Cambridge is a former air ambulance pilot.
We’re proud of you. We’re here to support you. It is ok to ask for help.
The Duke of Cambridge sends a message of thanks and support to frontline workers. If you need to talk, reach out today at https://t.co/ZfgBwKXJVC#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek#OurFrontline@KensingtonRoyalpic.twitter.com/XK4XrzXsdD
— Our Frontline (@OurFrontlineUK) May 19, 2020
"I want to say a huge thank you from myself and Catherine for all you are doing to keep everyone safe," he said in the clip. "The challenges you are facing, day in, day out, are unprecedented. Even in normal circumstances, frontline work can take its toll not just on your physical health, but also on your mental wellbeing.
"From my time with the air ambulance, I know all too well how determined frontline workers are to put a brave face on and keep going. When you spend all day taking care of others it is easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself too. But it's OK to say when you're not feeling OK. There is support available to you, if and when you need it."
Over the weekend, the duke and duchess also made a special broadcast for Heads Together, the mental health initiative they founded with Prince Harry in 2016. They joined with stars such as David Tennant, Dua Lipa and England soccer star Harry Kane for a special broadcast that was aired simultaneously on radio stations across the U.K. as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. It encouraged people to take their mental health seriously during the pandemic and reach out for help.
Following on from my support of @MindCharity through @leytonorientfc I’m proud to be supporting #MentalHealthMinute with @heads_together and @Radiocentre. Whoever you are, and whatever you’re going through, it’s important to remember you’re not alone. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeekpic.twitter.com/FT1O8oEVVQ
— Harry Kane (@HKane) May 18, 2020
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